Diemersdal’s Famous Eight Rows Sauvignon Blanc Welcomes New Vintage

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Diemersdal Estate, the well-known Sauvignon Blanc producer in Durbanville which has been in the Louw family for six generations, has just released the 2019 vintage of its Eight Rows Sauvignon Blanc, one of South Africa’s best-known and most awarded wines made from this variety.

 

Cape Wine Masters Embark on New Era

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Top image: De Bruyn Steenkamp, chairman of the Institute of Cape Wine Masters.

 

Tsogo Sun Hotels confirms its Michelangelo International Wine & Spirits Awards association

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Top image: Ravi Nadasen, chief operating officer of Tsogo Sun.

In a celebratory year for Tsogo Sun Hotels, the company has announced the renewal of its headline sponsorship of the Michelangelo International Wine & Spirits Awards. Tsogo Sun Hotels this year celebrates its 50th anniversary as Africa’s leading hospitality group and no doubt its continued association with Africa’s leading wine and spirits competition, the Michelangelo International Wine & Spirits Awards, will ensure extra sparkle to Tsogo Sun’s year ahead.

 

Leading International Spirits Experts to Judge Michelangelo Awards

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It is the drinks competition with no shortage of spirit! Since introducing South Africa’s first Brandy trophy in 2009, followed by the competition opening for spirits entries in 2014, Michelangelo International Wine & Spirits Awards has built this section of the competition to include a complete additional spectrum of 21 spirits classes with some 80+ sub-classes. With the input of professional spirits specialists from Europe and the Americas, who wrote and refined these classes, Michelangelo now attracts the most spirits entries of any competition in Africa. But it is in the judging that the proof lies, and so the entries are judged by a spirited ensemble of local and international experts.

 

De Wetshof Limestone Hill Chardonnay 2019 Rings in Great Year for Cape Wine Wines

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The just-released De Wetshof Limestone Hill, one of South Africa’s most popular unwooded Chardonnays, emphasises the reputation 2019 is attaining for being one of the best vintages for white wine in the Cape’s recent history. According to Johann de Wet, CEO of De Wetshof Estate in Robertson, the relatively wet 2018 winter put some much-needed moisture back into the soils. But it was the temperate weather conditions before and leading up to the 2019 harvest that resulted in optimum ripening of fruit in the vineyards.

 

Michelangelo Finds Perfect Mix with Barker and Quin

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Barker and Quin, South Africa’s leading producer of premium natural tonic water, has joined the Michelangelo International Wine & Spirits Awards as a headline trophy sponsor. The Paarl-based drinks company, which was founded in 2016 by oenology doctorate Hanneli van der Merwe and Chris Wium, has grown into one of South Africa’s success stories in the mixed-drinks market. A strong local customer base is complemented by markets for its range of tonic waters in 13 countries world-wide.

 

Bidvest Lounge Clients now Treated to Michelangelo Award Winners

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Travellers visiting Bidvest Premier Lounges en route to their international and local destinations, will in future have access to a variety of award-winning wines from the prestigious Michelangelo International Wine & Spirits Awards.  A selection of both red and white wine from five producers who featured on the medals podium at the 2019 awards will be on offer at eleven Bidvest Premier Lounges at local and international airports in South Africa. This arrangement follows the recent announcement of Bidvest Premier Lounges becoming a new sponsor of the Michelangelo Awards, Africa’s largest drinks competition.

 

Climate Challenges Harvest 2019 as Grape Quality Delivers the Goods

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One of the – no the – most challenging harvests in his winemaking career, says Neethlingshof cellarmaster De Wet Viljoen of Harvest 2019 on this famous Stellenbosch estate. Neethlingshof has 99ha of vineyards and with its location, facing south-east towards False Bay is recognised as being one of the premier cool-climate estates in the Stellenbosch region.

 

Orange River Cellars Takes Two Top 100 Spots at SA National Wine Challenge

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Orange River Cellars from the Northern Cape put in another domineering performance at a leading South African wine competition, winning seven coveted awards at this year’s Top 100 SA Wines/National Wine Challenge held in Cape Town recently.

 

De Wetshof Estate The Site Chardonnay Bags Top 100 SA Wine Spot

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A commitment to site-specific Chardonnay helped De Wetshof Estate in Robertson achieve Top 100 Wine and Double Platinum status at the recent Top 100 SA/National Wine Challenge Awards. This award went to The Site 2016, one of the five Chardonnays in De Wetshof’s range of wines made from a grape variety the estate helped introduce to the South African wine industry more than three decades ago.

 
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